|Title||Washington at Home: An illustrated history of neighborhoods in the nation's capital|
|Creator||Edited by Kathryn Schneider Smith|
Washington at Home: An illustrated history of neighborhoods in the nation's capital
Edited by Kathryn Schneider Smith
Hardcover book, Second Edition, 2010
Jane Freundel Levey, consulting editor
Anne W. Rollins, assistant editor and senior photo researcher
Richard T. Busch, editorial assistant
Marilyn Newton, photo research
The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
Inside the cover Judith H. Robinson, author of the chapter on Chevy Chase, signed:
With my greatest admiration, to all of the smart, inspired colleagues at the Chevy Chase Historical Society!
Chapter 17, p. 295 and 297:
Chevy Chase sits directly on the line between Maryland and the District of Columbia, with sections of development spilling into both jurisdictions and onto both sides of Connecticut Avenue. Exemplifying the new suburban ideal so admired in the last decades of the nineteenth century, the quiet, picturesque community of Chevy Chase today bears the indelible stamp of its' founders' original concepts and the land-use tools used to shape it. The contemporary urban profile its founders sought to prevent -- crowded alleys, row houses, industrial and commericaql intrusions -- is still absent. It is the "home suburb" they envisioned, stable, comfortable, and close to the heart of the city.
Broad verandas, patterned shingles and half-timbering, sleeping porches, decorative cornices, pergolas, and a variety of rooflines define a wide range of residential architectural styles. Quality of life today is defined by stately trees, broad streets, green lawns, and comfortable houses. The hub of Chevy Chase Circle establishes a strong sense of place, along with the churches that line its circumference, the Chevy Chase Village Hall, two quietly elegant private clubs, and two carefully defined and geographically restricted shopping areas on the west along Wisconsin Avenue. A Metrorail station at Wisconsin and Western Avenue and five Metrobus lines provide easy public transportation in and out of the central city.
Chevy Chase is the result of a progressive, bold scheme that took long-term financial resources and decades to realize. It required the initial purchase of more than 1,700 acres of farmland; the formation of a development company with a capital stock of $1 million; the ambitious construction of Connecticut Avenue's broad reach of more than five miles above Calvert Street; the creation of an electric railway line; and the establishment of clubs, churches, and schools to fill the new residents' needs. And it was all done to the highest-quality standards.
Perhaqps even more important, Chevy Chase illustrates a new suburban ideal that altered the city landscape in the late nineteenth century -- one that favored the separation of residences from the workplace. Exemplifying the ideal of country living espoused by luminaries such as Frederick Law Olmstead, Chevy Chase provided then-unprecedented infrastructure and amenities that prompted new residents to live far outside the settled bounds of Washington. The suburb's founders provided transportation, electricity, sanitary sewers, telephone, and piped water, as well as strict building restrictions that banned commerce -- in a comprehensive manner long before this type of planning was envisioned by others anywhere in the nation.